Architect’s dilema

20Oct12

It’s hard to create Art from Documentation, or rather present Documentation as Artwork.

THE PERFORMATIVITY OF PERFORMANCE DOCUMENTATION by Philip Auslander

The connection between performance and docu- ment is thus thought to be ontological, with the event preceding and authorizing its documentation.

Although it is generally taken for granted, the presumption of an ontological relation- ship between performance and document in this first model is ideological not Real.

From a traditional perspective, the documentary and theatrical categories are mutu- ally exclusive. If one insists upon the ontological relationship by demanding that, to qualify as a performance, an event must have an autonomous existence prior to its documentation, then the events underlying the works in the second category are not performances at all and the images are not documents, but something else, another kind of art work.

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